The Back House, ca. 1940

January 12, 2023
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The Jacob Martin Back House at 305 Smith St. is shown in 1940. Jake and his wife Alida Muncy Back moved into the home in 1894. The couple had three children, Claud V., Colston Addison and Nancy Lucinda. Jake Back was a past master of the Masonic Order, deacon in the Missionary Baptist Church and partner in the Back-Bradford Hardware Store. During his lifetime, Back acquired seven houses and 1,125 acres. Jake Back died Oct. 11, 1937, and Alida Muncy Back died Feb. 20, 1940. Both are buried at the Mansfield Cemetery.

To learn more about Mansfield history, check out the Mansfield Historical Museum, 102 N. Main St., open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more info, call 817-473-4250, or go to

Photo courtesy of the Mansfield Historical Society.

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